The adaptable CIO: how to deploy IT projects at the speed of business

According to a recent CIO survey, 23 percent of CIOs lose their job because of “poor performance.” But does that mean one in four CIOs are horrible at their jobs? No. The problem is that IT projects become misaligned with business goals, or business leaders change project requirements faster than IT can adapt.

More than one CIO has been blind-sided by a poor performance rating after the IT department has completed a major project that was successful from an IT perspective. CIOs can complete a deployment on time, on budget, and with everything that the business leaders ask for but still suffer a project failure. Many times, the problem is that once business leaders began using it, they come up with a whole new set of requirements that mean a complete re-write of the customizations. That leads to overruns in both time and cost, which inevitably get blamed on the IT department.

We recently hosted a webinar titled "Five Reasons CIOs Get Fired and How to Protect Yourself" with Info-Tech. Watch the replay below:

The problem back then and still for most companies today, is their business applications require extensive custom coding for changes. As a result, changes take a long time and frequently introduce bugs, which must be tested for, further extending deployment time frames. The DevOps movement is trying valiantly to reduce these cycle times and cut 9-month cycles down to 3 months or so. Of course, business users are still not satisfied because they cannot code customizations and new functionality fast enough.

What if you could cut the turnaround time for major updates down to less than 3 weeks? With the advent of no-code platforms you can. By configuring new software with no-code technology, IT eliminates the custom coding that accounts for 80 percent of the deployment time of traditional IT projects.

Another advantage of no-code platforms like Agiloft is that you can make deep configuration changes in a matter of days and employ a truly iterative development process. It is key to secure user feedback early and often when deploying technology so users can test the application and provide input throughout the process. It's basically the agile development model without the programming.

No-code platforms are suitable for most, but not all requirements. Where they are applicable, they can provide true business agility. And as Charles Darwin said, “It’s not the strongest, nor the most intelligent that survive, but the most adaptable.”

Learn more about no-code software:
Seven reasons no-code software is changing the industry
Code of silence: the hidden dangers of customized software and how to avoid them
How to avoid IT project failure: five pillars of success